One of the biggest Major League Baseball rivalries is back for the 2022 Season as the San Francisco Giants face the Los Angeles Dodgers in another National League West series battle. San Francisco leads the historic rivalry with a 1,243 -1,213 all-time record against Los Angeles dating back to the 1800s when they were known as the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Last season, the Giants won the National League West but lost to the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are recovering from a National League Championship loss to the Atlanta Braves. In the 2022 regular season, the Giants and Dodgers are two of the strongest baseball teams ready to battle for the National League West division title.
Which team has better On-Base Percentage?
First baseman Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers have stronger on-base percentage with a .324 team on-base percentage (OBP). Meanwhile, San Francisco infielders Luke Wilson and Brandon Belt led the Giants to a .314 team OBP.
Which team has more stolen bases?
The Dodgers are ranked second in the National League with sixteen stolen bases compared to the Giants’ thirteen stolen bases. Los Angeles has an 84% stolen base success rate with three caught steals in nineteen stolen base attempts. Meanwhile, San Francisco has a dismal 76% success rate with four caught steals in fifteen attempts.
Which team has the better Fielders
The Dodgers also have stronger fielders by maintaining a good fielding percentage while limiting errors. The Dodgers have a .990 fielding percentage with five hundred and thirty putouts and one hundred seventy assists through twenty games. Meanwhile, the Giants have a .983 fielding percentage with five hundred sixty-five putouts and one hundred ninety-one assists through twenty-one games. The Dodgers have also contributed to their fielding percentage by only allowing seven errors. Meanwhile, the Giants gave up thirteen errors through twenty-one games.
Who has a better Pitching Staff?
The Dodgers have a stronger pitching staff with the National League-best 2.29 earned-run average (ERA) compared to the Giants’ 2.87 ERA. A pitcher can achieve his earned-run average by controlling the amount walks and hits per inning (WHIP). The Dodgers achieve their earned-run average by limiting their opponents to 0.923 WHIP.
My Predicted Series Winner
As we move closer to Game one of this three-game series, the Dodgers and Giants are playing almost every day to be prepared for the battle of the National League West rivals. The Dodgers and Giants will play hard to win, but the Dodgers are ready to win this series through strong batting, base running, fielding and pitching.